While 2015 saw no truly earth-shattering trades or signings take place that altered the landscape of the NBA forever, quite a few notable players changed uniforms and locales. With it being the first day of the new year, and allow me to pause a moment to wish all of of you a Happy New Year, we decided to ask our readers what the biggest transaction of the past calendar year was.
We pared down the list to what we felt were the 12 most important transactions of the past year, one for each month on the calendar. There were certainly quite a few more deals, signings and draft picks than could realistically be included in a poll, so apologies to anyone who feels slighted by a particular omission. Listed below, in no particular order of significance, are the 2015 NBA trades, signings and draft picks that we are submitting for your consideration. Review the list and cast your vote for which you believe to have been the most important to the league, player or team. Or you can simply go with which was your favorite move, the ball is in your court.
- The Heat acquiring Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Suns, with Phoenix receiving John Salmons from the Pelicans and Danny Granger from the Heat, and New Orleans acquiring Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and cash considerations from Miami. Phoenix also received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (top seven protected) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal.
- The Pistons acquiring Reggie Jackson from the Thunder, with OKC receiving Enes Kanter and Steve Novak from the Jazz and D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler from Detroit, and Utah landing Grant Jerrett, the rights to Tibor Pleiss, Kendrick Perkins and a future first-round pick from Oklahoma City, as well as a 2017 second-round pick from the Pistons.
- The Knicks selecting Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
- The Bucks signing Greg Monroe to a three-year, maximum-salary contract.
- The Spurs signing LaMarcus Aldridge to a four-year, maximum salary deal.
- Anthony Davis inking a five-year, maximum salary extension with the Pelicans.
- The Suns acquiring Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall from the Bucks, Milwaukee receiving Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee from the Suns, plus Michael Carter-Williams from the Sixers, and Philly nabbing the Lakers’ top-5 protected 2015 first-round pick from Phoenix.
- The Mavericks signing Wesley Matthews to a four-year, maximum salary contract.
- Jimmy Butler re-signing with the Bulls for five years and nearly $92.34MM.
- The Spurs re-signing Kawhi Leonard to a max deal for five years.
- The Cavaliers acquiring Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets in exchange for the Grizzlies’ 2015 first-round pick and the Thunder’s 2015 first-round pick.
- The Clippers re-signing DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, maximum salary contract.